Invitation to join eBook revolution

: Reader development librarian Denise Sparrowhawk with a selection of e-Books on screen
: Reader development librarian Denise Sparrowhawk with a selection of e-Books on screen

RESIDENTS are being urged to explore a new generation of electronic books at libraries across Hartlepool.

So far there are more than 40 eBooks published by Bloomsbury available for people of all ages including autobiographies, short stories and titles which have inspired films.

Added extras include author interviews, guides for reading groups and movie trailers.

Residents can browse and read the eBook collection at any Hartlepool library – and from their home computer as well – simply by entering their Hartlepool library card number on the new-look libraries website. They can also use a hand-held computer provided it has flash-enabled internet access.

Council officers say there is no need to download any software – simply log in and select a title.

An event to launch the new system was recently held at Hartlepool Central Library, in York Road, with staff on hand to show people how the system works.

Denise Sparrowhawk, the library’s reader development librarian, said: “eBooks may not be for everyone but they are certainly worth a look – and Central Library’s new Bloomsbury system is a great way to try out eBooks without having to buy an expensive eBook reader.”

For more information call Denise Sparrowhawk on (01429) 284358 or email denise.sparrowhawk@hartlepool.gov.uk or visit the Hartlepool libraries website at www.hartlepool.gov.uk/libraries